Best Smartphones for Christmas 2021
Apple has long been an industry leader in smartphone design and innovation. Their signature iPhone has an unmistakable look and feel. The iPhone’s user-friendly interface and minimalist style makes it the perfect companion for first-time smartphone users as well as die-hard Apple enthusiasts.
Apple’s newest releases, the iPhone 11 and iPhone SE 2020, are now available. They offer technical leaps in Face and Touch ID, as well as better cameras than previous models. With a faster processor, these models continue to provide Apple devotees access to over a million apps and unique services such as iMessage and free online storage via iCloud.
The Galaxy line is perhaps one of the most well-known and widely used models of Android phones. These phones get consistently high marks in reviews by tech publications and users, scoring well on quality, speed, and design. The Galaxy S is Samsung’s flagship phone, but the larger Galaxy Note is also a popular choice for those wanting more real estate in the screen department. The Note is sometimes referred to affectionately as a “phablet”– meaning part phone, part tablet.
Samsung’s latest offering is the Galaxy M01 Core, released July 2020. It features an intelligent screen, as well as intelligent photos and inputs, that leaves past models in the dust. You can also expect larger internal memory than its predecessors, so you can store even more photos, videos, and apps without relying on external storage.
Google abandoned their line of budget Nexus phones to focus on making a premium Android smartphone that could compete with the likes of Apple and Samsung. The result? Meet the Google Pixel.
2020’s Pixel 4XL meets the latest standards in performance and boasts what is arguably the best camera on a smartphone yet. If you’re a fan of Google’s productivity apps such as Drive, Docs, and Sheets, they’ve never been easier to use on a mobile device. The Pixel’s interface is simple and easy-to-use, making it another great option for those new to the smartphone game. The Pixel has also attracted a good number of Android users who prefer its straightforward design.
Sony’s latest entry into the smartphone arena, the Xperia 10, might not be able to hang with the latest iPhone or Galaxy devices from a technical standpoint, but what it lacks in sheer power, it makes up for with convenient features and an affordable price tag. The Xperia 10 is reliable and durable, with a beautiful, scratch-resistant screen. If a large display is a must, but a premium phone isn’t in your budget – the Sony Xperia is a solid and economical choice.
If your giftee isn’t set on having the latest creation, there are plenty of more affordable smartphones that were released in recent years. While the photos taken on an older smartphone won’t be as stunning or crystal clear as those listed above, previous models are still packed with power and make great organizational tools. An on-sale smartphone is the perfect gift for someone who simply needs a tool for writing emails, sending texts, and filling calendar appointments.
If your giftee is truly true tech-obsessed, explore our Top Electronic Gifts to get even more ideas for ways to surprise them on Christmas morning.